I went to the Hotel Flora with my boyfriend for 10 nights returning back to England on 18th June.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and couldn't fault the hotel at all. The staff in the bar are very friendly and gave us lots of advice on places to visit.
We had a very nice room although it was on the side of the hotel. We could just about see the pool if we leaned out of the window. There is a main road at the front of the hotel but the sound proofing is quite good in the rooms. You have to pay for the use of the fridge in the room but the safe seems to be free of charge - well we didn't pay for it anyway. We had clean towels every day and I think the bedding was changed on a fairly regular basis.
You are supposed to pay for use of the sunbeds at the hotel pool but we never did. We only used the pool from late afternoon onwards anyway as we had so many other things to do. This is not really what I would call a sunbathing holiday. You can go to Spain if you want to do that sort of thing.
One word of warning - the Italian drivers are crazy!! We hired a car for 3 days and drove down the Amalfi Coast. They overtake, undertake and the motorbikes go round the hair pin bends on their back wheel. Quite an experience and one that I wouldn't have missed. Mind you, I didn't have to do the driving.
The only thing I would say if you are going to hire a car is that the hotel charge 15 Euros a day for parking so if you can find an alternative. We did - the garage across the road!!
We did all the recommended trips but did them on our own and not through the holidays reps. We visited Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri and Ischia as well as driving down the Amalfi Coast and wandering around Sorrento and its beautiful harbours for a few hours. Ischia is a beautiful island. We spent the day in one of the Thermal Spas and it was very relaxing - although make sure you put suncream on as it gives you a false sense of security when you are sitting in water that is 35 degrees!!
We generally ate in the hotel but did eat at a lovely restaurant called La Lanterna at the recommendation of one of the other reviews on this website. The pizzas were out of this world. Also you must attend the Gala Dinner on a Wednesday night. Quite an experience and the food was very nice although you didn't have any choice. You just got what you were given.
Whilst we were in Sorrento Napoli got promoted to Serie A and that was quite an experience. They were letting off flares and fireworks in the petrol station opposite.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Hotel Flora. We will certainly be returning there again sometime in the future.
Thanks to everyone at the Flora for making our holiday so enjoyable.
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- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Grand Hotel Flora Sorrento
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